Action Against IIT-Kanpur Teacher After Girl Student Complains of ‘Inappropriate Conduct’

A foreign girl student at IIT- Kanpur levelled allegations of “inappropriate conduct” against a faculty member, prompting the administration to remove him immediately from his teaching responsibilities, the institute said on Tuesday.

“Last week, a complaint was filed by a girl student against a faculty member for inappropriate conduct,” the premier institution said in a statement here.

It said, “The internal complaints committee of the institute started investigations under the the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act following the Supreme Court guidelines.”

“Immediately, on recommendations of the panel, the faculty member was removed from teaching responsibilities of the course in which the girl student was registered,” the institute said.

Two years ago, in 2017, a group of students had lodged a complaint with the Dean of Students’ Affairs alleging that their seniors abused, ragged and allegedly asked them to do “formidable tasks.”

The college formed a committee to probe the matter and found the accused guilty of their actions. They even recommended stringent actions against them, the Times of India reported.

Similarly, in 2016, a BSc student in the same college had accused her senior of sexually harassing her for over two years. After the allegations came to light, the administration forwarded the matter to the women’s cell which found the accused guilty.

After the investigation, he was immediately expelled from college.

With inputs from PTI

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